By Design – Issue 63, Fall 2023

6 DIGEST Origins Golf Design has started a $20 million renovation project at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park, California. The plan – approved in 2019, around the same time that the club completed a $23m recycled water plant project – covers all 18 holes with architect Todd Eckenrode, ASGCA, aiming to make the layout more playable and interesting, improve course aesthetics and conditions, and adhere to the club’s sustainability initiative. “Fairways will be expanded for added playability and strategic interest while greens will be redesigned and enlarged to offer an increase in hole locations and enhanced variety,” said Eckenrode, who is planning to connect fairways at the third and fifth, ninth and tenth, and fourth and sixteenth. “All bunkers will be renovated, including new bunker locations to improve strategy, interest in play, and aesthetics,” said Eckenrode. Tees will be rebuilt into more natural shapes and expanded, with new tee locations for some holes. Tees, fairways, chipping areas and greens will be seeded with new bentgrass varieties to ensure firm and fast playing conditions. All turf areas will be sandcapped, Sharon Heights set for $20m revamp